Sunday, December 21, 2014

Lake Ouachita

Sitting just outside the city of Hot Springs, Lake Ouachita is one of Arkansas's cleanest and most beautiful lakes. With over 40,000 acres of water and 690 miles of shoreline, Ouachita is the largest lake in Arkansas, and it can seem pretty daunting to fish from a kayak. But if you know where to go, Lake Ouachita is one of the best kayak fishing destinations in the state.

The following fish species can be found in Lake Ouachita:
  • Blue Catfish 
  • Bluegill
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Redear Sunfish
  • Spotted Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • Walleye
  • White Bass
Brush piles, drop-offs, submerged humps, and rock outcroppings in shallower areas are found throughout the lake. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has developed a detailed Fisheries Management Plan for Lake Ouachita which includes habitat improvement and quality stocking techniques. 

I recently spoke with Tim Wicker of the Central Arkansas Kayak Anglers and he was willing to share some of the best spots on Lake Ouachita to launch and fish from a kayak.  All are good spots, offering good wind protection, plenty of cover to target, and a multitude of small feeder creeks. 

Lake Ouachita Kayak Launch Points:

1. Cedar Fourche Landing 

2. Rabbit Tail

3. Irons Fork

4. Avant 

There are many other access points for kayak anglers to choose from and if you know of a good one post it in the comments below. One of the best things about the kayak fishing community is everyone's willingness to share information, tight lines everyone.

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